Europe’s signature scaleup competition is back!
EIT Digital welcomes applications from scaleups that need fundraising support. Our winners, our Champions, will receive free entry into the EIT Digital Growth Services programme. In this 11th edition, we will select more finalists than ever to pitch their companies to our jury of international investors.
We can’t wait to see which deep tech Champions will arise!
noun: one who has surpassed all rivals
The EIT Digital Champions aims to identify the best European deep tech entrepreneurs and help them scale up internationally, supporting the European innovation ecosystem.
We’re looking for fast-growing European companies with a differentiated product offering that leverages highly innovative digital technologies.
Read full entry requirements here.
verb: vigorously support or defend the cause of
EIT Digital vigorously supports the scaleups in our Growth Services programme. Next March our Champions will gain free admission to the programme and begin their journey to fundraising success. Our team will PREPARE them to pitch their company, CONNECT them with international investors, and help them RAISE their next round. Will you be a Champion?
Journey of a Champion
In October of 2022, WSense competed in the EIT Digital Champions, pitching their amazing company and their Internet of Underwater Things (IoUT) technology. After impressing the jury, they were declared one of our Champions.
Over the next twelve months, WSense worked with EIT Digital’s growth services team to Prepare, Connect, & Raise. Together they prepared a compelling message, connected with key investors and arranged numerous investor calls.
In October of 2023, just one year later, WSense raised €9M from investors in three different EU countries! This is how EIT Digital supports European scaleups. Will you join us on this journey? Apply to the EIT Digital Champions today!
Raise your next Series A or B round with support from an experienced Access to Finance team
Our Growth Services Success Stories
AI and high-performance computing to manage and prevent the impact of climate risks.
- Microsoft Climate Fund
- Nationwide Ventures
- Kibo Ventures
- Creas Impacto
- Faber Ventures
WSense ‘s deep-tech wireless underwater monitoring and communication systems enables an Internet of Underwater Things (IoUT).
- Axon Partners Group
Sensoneo provides enterprise-grade smart waste management products and services intended to redefine the way waste is managed.
- EIC Fund
- Venture to Future Fund
- Taiwania Capital
|November 30, 2023||January 30, 2024 |
|February 6-7, 2024||March 19, 2024||May 22-25, 2024|
|Applications Open||Submission Deadline||Online Pitch Competition with VC Investors||Proclamation of Champions||Champions attend VIP Investor Dinner @ VivaTech, Paris|
These top tier investors attended recent editions of the Champions
Fast-growing technology company with international ambitions
Company max. ten years old*
Company incorporated in EU27 or Horizon Europe Associated Countries**
Growth stage: min €500,000 in revenue (2023), OR at least €2,000,000 in total funding to date
*Company incorporated after 01/01/2014
**See the full list of countries here.
Startups in growth stage (scaleups) can apply in five thematic areas: Digital Tech, Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, and Digital Finance. Learn more about them here.
We will examine the market and internationalization potential of your product or service as well as the quality of your core team. We will also consider the fit of your product or service to our thematic areas and the impact our support could have on your business.
In addition, you must be prepared to pitch in public. Pitch and application must be done in English. Make sure to read our contest conditions and check the FAQ page. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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